I will admit that I get overwhelmed about where best to spend my time. Ideally, it would be painting in my studio, but with websites, blogging, social media, etsy, Society6, etc. etc., I can lose focus on what my personal and art goals are. There are only so many hours in the day, and often the hours get eaten up with tasks that are not very productive.
Here's a peek into my process:
I picked a limited palette for these pieces. Partially to challenge myself (it is fun to see what you can create with only 4-5 colors) and also to keep the canvases working well together. The second and third photo are simply adding many different layers of paint.
More photos showing my work in progress and also how I painted the two long canvases as one piece.... don't forget to add some fun details to the sides of your canvas!
Thank you for stopping over! I hope to be more consistent with my blogging in the future. I love to read your comments and if you have any questions, please just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org Have a great day! ~Alicia
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe
The next Challenge/Call Out for Somerset Studio is Gothic Art.
Here are the details and some inspiration!
Gothic Wickedly captivating and with a far-reaching catalogue of classic and modern interpretations, examples of gothic fashion, literature, and film never fail to pique one's interest — especially during Halloween. Intrigue and romantic nuances categorize this theme and conjure up a frightful phantasmagoria intermixed with strange beauty, for instance traditional literary creatures of the horror/science-fiction genres such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dracula, the Necronomicon, and Dorian Gray, and the unusual anti-heroines like Morticia and Wednesday Addams, Theda Bara, and characters from Tim Burton films. Inspiration may come from exploring themes of terror-stricken mystery, facing one's doppelganger, or delving into the supernatural world. If unknown forces have you so compelled to create gothic-inspired art, we invite you to submit your pieces for potential inclusion in our September/October 2015 issue. Whether your inspiration comes form the Romantic/Victorian Gothic eras of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lord Byron, or contemporary "goth" subgenres, inclusive of dark color palettes, ghostly elegance, and cultural holdovers from the late 1800s, allow your most magnificent creations to be summoned from the other side! Absolute Deadline: April 15, 2015.
"TRAPPED" is an original I did previously, but it has already sold. In this piece I referenced many of Poe's works. Usually I paint whimsical and soulful; it is fun to go a little dark and gothic and it fits well into my favorite holiday, Halloween!
I don't know if I will be able to finish a new gothic piece before the deadline because of other commitments and deadlines I have, but if at all possible, count me in!
SO exciting! My artist's copy of Somerset Studio, March/April 2015 arrived yesterday. All I can say is WOW. The photography department at Stampington Co. really captures the details of the piece. I want to give a "thank you" shout out for choosing my BLACK, WHITE, BRIGHT YELLOW pieces for the With One Palette feature.
We have a tradition of having "family movie night" every (or pretty close to every) Sunday. One of my favorite movies we've watched is "Letters to Juliet", starring Amanda Seyfried...remember I have 3 daughters ♥ It's a romantic comedy set in Italy. I enjoyed the story, but the settings were absolutely beautiful!
Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. ~Eat well, laugh often, love much.~
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! I enjoy reading your comments and if you have a suggestion for a future post that I use, I will send you a free thank you gift. ~Alicia
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
The Gift of Love - "il dono d'amore"
I am so excited to learn that my "il dono d'amore" set will be featured as the "With One Palette" in Somerset Studio Magazine, March 2015!
I loved creating these pieces because it was different from anything else I have done. I've mentioned this before, but I always.. always have more than 1 piece that I'm working on at the same time. This allows time for layers to dry and also keeps the creative process "fresh". So the idea of a series that coordinates, is always appealing to me. The sides of the flower say, "Friends, Family, Love, Laughter"
♥ AMORE / LOVE ♥
Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes. Written ... it is just a word ... like any other word, made up of simple letters. But, like a smile, it will bring a flood of emotions to anyone that reads it, hears it, or speaks it.
When determining my palette for this series, I knew I wanted to use 2 base colors with a POP of a third color. Originally, I had considered brown and ivory with a pop of turquoise, black and white with a pop of bright pink, and a few others. I finally chose this black and white with the pop of bright sunshine yellow. I haven't quite decided why yet, but these colors remind me of Italy.
I love to read your comments! Have a happy day, Alicia♥
This is what I say all the time, "You already know the answer if you don't at least try."
I say it to my friends and family and most often to myself. It's easy to be scared to take a risk because of those pesky "thought demons" that talk too much!
This INSPIRATION TUESDAY I'm going to discuss my Wonderland Series that was published in Somerset Studio as the "With One Palette" in July, 2014. While searching online I came across a blogger, Fiona Spain from Tales from the Craft Room, that had posted about me and her creative inspiration was my Wonderland Parade! It was such a fun surprise. In the blog post Fiona showed her creative process for recreating her own Wonderland Parade.
The inspiration behind this series was I set a Goal for myself to try to get published as the "With One Palette" artist. One of my favorite things to do is head to Barnes & Noble with my hubby and I grab all of the Stampington magazines I can find. I browse and sometimes purchase, but I had always been intrigued by this particular feature.
I have had some requests to create "Alice" and I really love to work with children's classics and in series. So the decision to do the Wonderland Series was pretty easy. Creating 6 pieces (my "Mad Here" piece will be published in Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter 2014) with using only Peony Pink, Moon Yellow, Turquoise and White was quite a bit trickier than I had anticipated, but I did love the challenge! I am currently working on another possible submission to the With one Palette feature... if I get in, I'll be sure to post photos.
So thank you to Fiona Spain for blogging about her inspiration and Happy Creating! ~Alicia♥